I've always been careful not to run up the score and show up the opposition. During the 2007 slo-pitch season, I wrote about the night we beat up on a weaker opponent, and I wasn't proud. In hind-sight, we played a jerk game and should have eased off the accelerator earlier than we did.
We won that game 32-6, but by the fifth inning we were "stretching" triples into singles. Covenant, a private Christian school in Dallas, continued to implement a full-court press and put up three's, even while up by 80. They beat Dallas Academy 100-0, with spectators and an assistant coach cheering wildly as their team edged closer to 100 points.
But here's the kicker...
Dallas Academy has eight girls on its varsity team and about 20 girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons. The academy boasts of its small class sizes and specializes in teaching students struggling with "learning differences," such as short attention spans or dyslexia.
I'd love to have a chat with the Covenant coach who instructed his players to go with a full-court press and ordered them to keep putting up the three-point shots when destroying a school of 20 girls. It makes me feel better about that 32-6 drubbing of the TPS Warriors.